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To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

Ceci Cela Patisserie

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
55 Spring Street
New York, NY
Need a break from Broadway's chaotic thoroughfare before you scream at that lallygagging tourist in your way? Take two steps from the 6 train entrance on Spring Street's northeast side, and it's buttery baked goodness at Ceci Cela Patisserie. If you're claustrophobic, make your sweet purchase quickly, exit, and continue window shopping while scarfing down your sinful snack treat. The madeleines and croissants are totally worth the empty calories.

Amoeba Music

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1855 Haight St
San Francisco, CA
The infamous Amoeba Music is probably the largest record store in the city. Situated nicely on the western end of the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, it's convenient and good for hours of browsing. It's a pretty good bet that they have what you're looking for. CD's, DVD's, vinyl, tapes, posters, and other goodies await your hard-earned cash. You can't complete a trip to Haight without visiting Amoeba.

Gaffar Market

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Saraswati Marg, Karol Bagh
New Delhi,
If you are looking for faux Gucci or Dunhill perfume, even faux Levis jeans then no place imitates them better than the shops in Gaffar. Not only will you find all kinds of clothing, perfumes, deodorants, accessories and shoes, you can also get your hands on the latest gadgets on the market...which are probably the knock off version. Bargaining is the trick. Shoes are probably the best deal and quality out of anything you can buy here.

Sarvana Hotel

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Connaught Circus, P Block, Connaught Place
New Delhi,
This restaurant very well may serve the best southern Indian food in the city. It's a simple venue but the food, including their famous Rava Dosa, is far from single-dimensional...it's served on banana leaves. Fair warning: during lunch hours and dinner hours during weekends there is a huge line waiting outside; so either reserve before hand or opt for take away.

Edinburgh Printmakers

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1783.9 KM AWAY
23 Union Street
Edinburgh,
Educate yourself about the local art scene in this free gallery and inexpensive, open-access print studio. Members of the public - as well as artists - can use the equipment here and take courses in screen-printing, Photoshop, lithography, illustration, and more. Weekend and evening courses available. Try your hand at something new, or know that you've got a place to brush up on your skills while you're away from home. Awesome pieces abound, serving as excellent inspiration.

The Front Porch

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
65a 29th St.
San Francisco, CA
Hip soul food for your belly! The fried chicken is out of this world and the beer selection is occasionally golden, like the only cask beer to be found from 21st Amendment. Great atmosphere, and absolutely perfect for a date.

Arizmendi Bakery Cooperative

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1331 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Savor this worker-owned bakery's plethora of goodies! From challah and molasses spelt bread to ginger shortbread and pecan rolls, this place has got every taste covered; they're pretty good at pizza too. The prices are fair but expect a crowded cafe, terse smiles, and long lines.

Buddha Bar Discotheque

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Playa Catania
Catania, CT
If you're looking for "la dolce vita," it's certainly out there, just waiting for you to find it. For the tourist whose 'good-time radar' may be damaged by office jobs & credit issues, the Buddha Bar is the place to visit. Home to an exotic atmosphere with an oriental decor, it'd be worth your time to ignore the museums for a day and head on over for some good old-fashioned hedonism. Open through 5:30AM on Fridays.

Museum of Craft + Design

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1783.9 KM AWAY
550 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA
Kind of a funny place. As a matter of fact, rethinking the idea of a museum is inherently the idea. The space is tiny, craftsmanship and design are king, and the scope of each show is probably too broad. That being said, the Museum of Craft + Design is unique and charming and a must-see. It definitely represents San Francisco's art scene. At a $3 suggested donation, it's pretty damn cheap, too.

Nickies

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1783.9 KM AWAY
466 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
This is THE sports bar - Lower Haighters who thrive on sports thrive here. It's clean, they've got good bar food, and good atmosphere. Catch your favorite sport on one of the many TV sets. If sports aren't your thing, then you ought to catch this place on an 'off' night, 'cause it's super cozy, has great service, and is perfect for a lively conversation.

Santa Teresa Resort, Pantelleria (TP)

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Via Contrada, Pantelleria
Scauri Siculo, TP
With all of the lovely vistas you'll see in Sicily, you'll feel like you're in a damn painting at Santa Teresa, set amid bucolic vineyards, olive trees, & lush flora. It's a collection of 18 restored dammusi (ancient cut-stone structures) that accommodate 2-4 people. Clustered in 4 mini-villages, each dammuso features alcoves or galleries incorporated into its sleek modern design. Three pools & an Arabian garden are tranquil spots to kick up your feet and soak it in. Doing stuff can be overrated - try doing a little bit of nothing before you head back home.

Cafe du Nord

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1783.9 KM AWAY
2174 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
Not a bad place to kill some time. They've got pool tables and awesome performances - everything from sultry burlesque to head-thrashing rock 'n' roll. Don't forget the full menu, too, with odd fare such as "pickle chips."

Fat Cat

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1783.9 KM AWAY
75 Christopher Street
New York, NY
This basement joint recalls the days of the speakeasy. Down the narrow steps, fat cat at first seems a little on the dingy side, and maybe a tad too dark. But let your eyes adjust, soak in the atmosphere, and you'll be instantly sold. It's the place to go for ping pong, shuffleboard, chess, and, of course, some excellent live jazz.

Mangosteen

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
601 Larkin St.
San Francico, CA
Civic center patrons love this place: Vietnamese cuisine that sits somewhere between 'straight from Vietnam' (like pigs' blood and big cuts of meat) and 'Chinese-American.' They've got good soups and pho, and we'd recommend avoiding the lunch rush unless you have a little extra time to watch all the suits.

Gatsby's

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
53 Spring Street
New York, NY
if you're looking for an unpretentious beer-joint in an otherwise uber-posh area, Gatsby's will do the trick. But not much more. The beer menu is good, the food, ok, and the music is fun if you're a fan of 80s and classic hits. The weekends seem to draw the post-frat boy crowd - in droves - for good-ole-fashioned sports-watching and beer-guzzling fun.

Cafe Boulud

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
20 East 76th Street
New York, NY
One of famed Chef David Boulud's restaurants, Cafe Boulud offers a menu of American, French, seasonal and international fare in an elegant setting. With both a Michelin star and a 3-star review from the New York Times, the restaurant boasts an impressive menu and fan following. It can be very much a ladies-who-lunch, and in serious labels, sort of place, so keep that in mind if that's not your style.

Toast Eatery

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
1748 Church Street
San Francisco, CA
The sign says "Eat Toast" but it's the pancakes that are off the hook. The scrambles are pretty darn tasty, too. Toast Eatery is also open for lunch and dinner, but breakfast is your best bet, for obvious reasons.

Laugh Lounge

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
151 Essex Street (between Stanton Street & Rivington Street)
New York, NY
Urban comedy club in the hip, and always lively, Lower East Side. Affordable drinks offered by a kind staff in a trendy, upscale looking bar. A small stage is located in the performance room downstairs. Home to an eclectic variety of talent, Laugh Lounge also offers regular open mics and new talent shows. The owner herself is often around and available, showing her commitment to the club's unique feel and success.

Larry Flynt's Hustler Club

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1031 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA
Throw away your shame - you see the sign, you want to venture in, so just do it. Come in with a stub from a pro sports game and the entry is free! There are also specials - like $2 Tuesdays - and the addition of hot girls & good pub food make this place a win. Check the website for daily specials.

City Lights Bookstore

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
261 Columbus
San Francisco, CA
A hub of activity during the Beatnik era, this place has stayed true to its character. Three floors of books, including a section devoted entirely to Beatnik literature. Great place to find local authors and new titles.

Agrigento Tourist Board

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Viale della Vittoria, 225
Agrigento, AG
Other guide books will point you to the tourist board if you're in Agrigento, and there's a good reason for that. The fact is, if you don't speak the language, if you're part of a cruise, or if you're one of those fanny-packed, knee-socked, pale-as-a-ghost tourists in this Mediterranean playground, you might want to stop by to grab some information on the city. This is always a healthy alternative to wandering about aimlessly like a lost puppy.

1 Café Lounge

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
M-89/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place
New Delhi, DL
This is the perfect place to break for lunch to while on business. With cheap multi-course meals complete with a free beer or glass of wine, you should have just enough of a buzz on to head back to work and finish out the day.